Sean Nesselrode Moncada (he/him/his) is an historian of art, architecture, and visual culture of the Americas. His research focuses on visual and material modernisms, their uneven implementation across the hemisphere, and their contested social and ecological dimensions. His current book project, Refined Material: Petroculture and Modernity in Venezuela, examines the material, spatial, and theoretical development of Venezuelan modernism(s) through the lens of petroleum extraction and refinement.
He has published on subjects including the politics of geometric abstraction in South America, the relationship between graphic design and the oil industry at midcentury, and the rise and fall of informalist aesthetics as part of the leftist counterculture of 1960s Venezuela. Forthcoming publications consider nature and signification in the work of Magadalena Fernández as well as the visual legacies of settler colonialism in contemporary art. His writings appear in journals such as Architectural Theory Review, Caiana: Revista de historia del arte y cultura visual del Centro Argentino de Investigadores de Arte, and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas. He is the recipient of the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art (International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) as well as Honorable Mention for the biennial Dissertation Award (Association for Latin American Art, College Art Association).
He holds a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theory and History of Art and Design at Rhode Island School of Design, as well as Graduate Program Director of the Liberal Arts Master's Program in Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies. He resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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